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Internet-based Guided Self-help for Parents of Children Diagnosed with Cancer: 1-year Follow-up of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2015 (English)In: Abstracts of the 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, 28 July – 1 August 2015, Washington, DC, USA. Psycho-Oncology, 24 (Suppl. 2): Special issue: Psycho-Oncology, 24 (Suppl. 2), 2015, Vol. 24, 125-126 p.Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: A considerable proportion of parents of children diagnosed with cancer reports a clinically significant level of distress such as symptoms of posttraumatic stress (PTSS), depression, and anxiety during and after their child’s treatment. Results from intervention studies targeting distress during the child’s treatment have been mixed, and long-term follow-ups are lacking. In a randomized controlled trial, we investigate the efficacy of Internet-based guided self-help for parents of children recently diagnosed with cancer. Significant effects with large effect sizes for PTSS and depression have been shown from pre-assessment to post-assessment, indicating that the intervention is efficacious in the short term. Results from the 1-year follow-up for PTSS, depression, and anxiety will be presented at the conference. METHODS: Fifty-eight parents of children recently diagnosed with cancer, fulfilling criteria for partial posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the PTSD Checklist, were randomly allocated to the intervention (n =31) or to a wait-list control condition (n =27). The intervention group accessed a 10-week guided self-help program via the Internet based on principles from cognitive behavioral therapy. The primary outcome PTSS and the secondary outcomes depression and anxiety were assessed by self-reports pre-intervention and post-intervention, and at 1-year follow-up. Eighteen participants completed the intervention, and 37 participants completed the post-assessment. One-year follow-up data will be available in June. RESULTS: Results from the 1-year follow-up will be presented at the conference. CONCLUSIONS: The intervention is efficacious in the short term, and results presented at the conference will clarify if the effects are maintained at 1-year follow-up.

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2015. Vol. 24, 125-126 p.
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, Psycho-oncology, ISSN 1099-1611 ; S 2
Keyword [en]
internet-based, self-help, cancer
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Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125291DOI: 10.1002/pon.3874OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125291DiVA: diva2:892296
Conference
2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, July 28 – August 1, 2015, Washington, DC, USA.
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This research is funded by grants from the Swedish Research Council (grant numbers K2008-70X-20836-01-3 and K2011-70X-20836-04-4, principal investigator (PI): Louise von Essen) , the Swedish Cancer Society (g rant numbers 2007/1015 and 2010/726, PI: Louise von Essen), and the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (grant numbers PROJ08/010 and PROJ12/028, PI: Louise von Essen).

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